Russian government is looking to dump Microsoft for homegrown software

Microsoft's Windows software is used around the world by everyone from consumers to governments - the footprint of Windows is massive. But if you live in Russia, your dependence on Windows might be about to stagnate if the government has its way.

Thanks to political tension between the United States and Russia, along with newly announced sanctions by the US, Russia is looking to strike back at the US economy by limiting its use of Microsoft software. Microsoft was not alone in being called out as IBM, HP and Oracle will also be affected as well.

A new bill is being drafted that will push government agencies, along with state-run enterprises, to favor local providers of software and hardware. The idea is that the government should support its local vendors by purchasing their software and hardware as opposed to imported goods from the US. It is not clear if there are credible Russian-based alternatives to Windows, and other software/hardware vendors that offer the same level of features and security.

According to the report, the bill aims solely to give preference to local vendors; it does not outright ban the use of imported products. 

“This all has to do with sanctions,” Andrey Chernogorov, executive secretary of the commission, said in a phone interview. “Given the current international tensions, substituting imports with local software and hardware becomes the key to ensuring self sufficiency.”

Only time will tell if Russia is able to successfully self-source replacements for these key applications and hardware. Seeing that enterprise-grade software is not built overnight, it could take time for this change in software procurement to have any significant impact on the bottom lines of US-based corporations. 

Source: Bloomberg

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Good luck using a mess called Linux. I really like to love Linux but every time I am trying to use it I go like omg what a mess. The simplest things is such a nightmare and yet it is so advanced that you can be drowned into your own vomit.

"homegrown software" so no GNU/Linux right?
'cause those projects are controlled by Americans/Europeans…

And also no standard HW 'cause that's also controlled by Americans (e.g. Intel, IBM, Oracle,…)

*Insert Lana and Rusev promo about how inferior American Computers are and Vladimir Putin is Russia's greatest software developer and president.*

Enron said,
Windows Server 2012 Я2

Of course, that letter, which looks like a backwards 'R' is the letter YA (it's the same in Bulgarian). It sounds like 'ya'. The P on the other hand is the Cyrillic version of R.

this is not such news. russia has being talking about using linux distro on government PCs for years.

current sanctions are just accelerating this.

panacea said,
this is not such news. russia has being talking about using linux distro on government PCs for years.

current sanctions are just accelerating this.

yep, back in 2010 putin signed a bill to move all govt computers to linux by 2015.

TurboAAA said,
I'm pretty sure they are doing this for security reasons and not for economic attacks against the US.

that too. however, the economic impact is something of a benefit too.

They are doing it for "national interest" reasons - the same reason that many OTHER nations are doing the same thing. (Not all are doing it for reasons of US-bashing - therefore I refuse to accuse Russia of that reasoning.) The sixty-four ruble question is will it work, or will it become like almost all OTHER attempts to do so - basically run aground? (Yes - I am including partially-bankrolled or fully-bankrolled by a national/regional/provincial government Linux distributions.)

Depicus said,
Any country that has read the NSA revelations - poor Microsoft must love the NSA.

Oh pleeeease. You honestly believe that A: MS enjoys the NSA's encroachment? B: Think that China and Russia arent doing the same?

MikeInBA said,

A: MS enjoys the NSA's encroachment?

Yes, because of their willingness comes with them getting a government install base for their OS that uses 1000's and 1000's of computers.

MikeInBA said,
B: Think that China and Russia arent doing the same?

Even if they spy on other countries (which they do), it still doesn't mean they want a foreign nation spying on them. Not sure where you were going with that one...

China and Russia may be spying also. But, the NSA is US based and US companies are facing the equivalent to an embargo as payback.

Depicus said,
Any country that has read the NSA revelations - poor Microsoft must love the NSA.

If the NSA can hack Microsoft, do you honestly think OSS is beyond them?

AmazingRando said,

Yes, because of their willingness comes with them getting a government install base for their OS that uses 1000's and 1000's of computers.


:rolleyes:

Yeah because you know when a secret branch of the US government comes to you with a secret court order telling you do something, you can just tell them no right?

Next time you get pulled over by a cop and asked to show your drivers license and registration you should just tell them no and see where that gets you.

Dot Matrix said,

If the NSA can hack Microsoft, do you honestly think OSS is beyond them?

What makes You think Microsoft was hacked by NSA? In fact some recent e-mails revealed both Google and Microsoft as willing cooperators with NSA.

Yogurth said,

What makes You think Microsoft was hacked by NSA? In fact some recent e-mails revealed both Google and Microsoft as willing cooperators with NSA.

There's do process with NSA requests. What Snowden revealed sounded like pure wiretapping.

MikeInBA said,

Oh pleeeease. You honestly believe that A: MS enjoys the NSA's encroachment? B: Think that China and Russia arent doing the same?

a) No was just pointing out all US companies are going to find it harder to do business now because of what the NSA has done

b) I'm sure they are.

-Razorfold said,

:rolleyes:

Yeah because you know when a secret branch of the US government comes to you with a secret court order telling you do something, you can just tell them no right?

Next time you get pulled over by a cop and asked to show your drivers license and registration you should just tell them no and see where that gets you.

Oh, I'm certainly not saying they werent forced into compliance. But I'm sure they also got a sweet deal out of it as well.

AmazingRando said,

Oh, I'm certainly not saying they werent forced into compliance. But I'm sure they also got a sweet deal out of it as well.

Yeah, american gov. agencies are well know for their sweet deals ;)

AmazingRando said,

Yes, because of their willingness comes with them getting a government install base for their OS that uses 1000's and 1000's of computers.

that would have happened anyway. there is a reason everyone uses windows.

MikeInBA said,

Think that China and Russia arent doing the same?

Of course they are. But nobody in the western world actually say they are not. That's where the difference is.

Yogurth said,

What makes You think Microsoft was hacked by NSA? In fact some recent e-mails revealed both Google and Microsoft as willing cooperators with NSA.

It took some negotiation, but Microsoft realized we were the law and decided to comply with us instead of making things difficult. In the end, both parties were happy with the decision.

Google on the other hand, we didn't even have to ask. They just had sloppy security and we were able to eavesdrop on their internal network communications without them noticing.

panacea said,

that would have happened anyway. there is a reason everyone uses windows.

Which is what exactly? What are the next seven words to your point? In fact, I'll give you more than 7. List the top three reasons why large government contracts and business stick with the Windows platform. The only one you cant use is "because everyone else does so it provides better interoperability" as that is a circular argument as well as the basis for many lost battles in court for Microsoft.